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The Green Helmet and Other Poems

W. B. Yeats

Book Overview: 

Dramatization Of A Most Interesting Gaelic Variant Of The Story Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And I took all the blame out of all sense and reason,

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Until I cried and trembled and rocked to and fro,

Riddled with light. Ah! when the ghost begins to quicken,

Confusion of the death-bed over, is it sent

Out naked on the roads, as the books say, and stricken

By the injustice of the skies for punishment?

 

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PEACE

Ah, that Time could touch a form

That could show what Homer’s age

Bred to be a hero’s wage.

“Were not all her life but storm,

Would not painters paint a form

Of such noble lines” I said.

“Such a delicate high head,

So much sternness and such charm,

Till they had changed us to like strength?”

Ah, but peace that comes at length,

Came when Time had touched her form.

 

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AGAINST UNWORTHY PRAISE

O heart, be at peace, because

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Community Reviews

Published in 1910 The Green Helmet and Poems is a fair collection of mid-period Yeats. There are a few of the frequently anthologized hits, "No Second Troy" and "The Fascination of What's Difficult," as well as plenty of more obscure and less successful poems. This slim volume does contain the brief

Ranges from pessimism to flat-out bitching.

Still some excellent phrases and images scattered throughout:
"Where wings have memory of wings"

"Where passion and precision have been one
Time out of mind, became too ruinous
To breed the lidless eye that loves the sun?"

I love Yeats, even his minor work lifts my heart. The title poem, a play with a plotline similar to the Green Knight, has the Red Man returning a year after having his head cut off, to collect his penalty, the head of man to be cut off. He had left behind the Green Helmet for the "best of you all to

“Time out of mind, became too ruinous
To breed the lidless eye that loves the sun?”

“Were not all her life but storm,
Would not painters paint a form”

“Had they but courage equal to desire?”

“With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,”

“The fascination of what’s diffi

The 5th collection of poems in the collected work of Yeats.
I did not like it that much as the other work
But still it was good and rhymes
Next: Responsibilities

A collection of 21 poems from 1910. Highlights - "Brown penny" "upon a house shaken by the land agitation" "his dream"

52 Books in 52 Weeks #12 A Book you can Read in a Day

Simple beauty in this collection is stunning. The depth and philosophy of his later works are absent in these poems, but I still adore them. The mundane aspect in the poems is somewhat warm and charming. I came to understand that Yeats is not an aloof poet but the poet for everybody.

In this short collection, we find, "A Drinking Song;"
"Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you and sigh."
So simple, so beautiful. This isn't a collection of great, five-star poems,

This is my first time reading any Yeats and I am pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.

The first part is poems and the second part is a play, The Green Helmet, another new experience for me! The play was easy to read and follow so I will be reading more of them.

Definitely a new fan here!

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